Showing posts with label geography bee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label geography bee. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2015

Test Your Geography Knowledge With These Games

This evening I watched the finals of the National Geographic Geo Bee. I wish I could say that I answered every question correctly, but I didn't. It's time for me to brush-up on my geography knowledge. If you and your students want to brush-up on your geography skills too, take a look at these fun games.

Quizzity is a fun game that presents you with the name of a city and you have to click on the map where you think that city is in the world. Quizzity quizzes you on cities all over the world. To increase the accuracy of your guesses you should zoom-in on a region before clicking the map. Each round of Quizzity presents you with six city names. Points are awarded for accuracy and speed.

GeoGuessr shows you a Google Street View image and a clue to try to guess where in the world the imagery was captured. Playing GeoGuessr is a fun way to get students to look at all of the visual and text clues they have in order to form a good guess as to where in the world they think the imagery came from.

Capital Toss is a free geography game from ABCya. The game has a state capitals mode and a country capitals mode. In both modes of the game works the same way. The name of a state or country appears at the bottom of the screen and three rows of capital names scroll across the top. When the correct capital name appears players virtually toss a ball at it. After ten correct answers players can choose a new ball. Three consecutive incorrect answers ends the game.

Spacehopper is a game based on Google Maps Street View imagery. Spacehopper shows you a Street View image and you have to guess where in the world the image was captured. You can click the clue button to have the country identified before making a guess. After three incorrect guesses the correct answer will be revealed to you. You can play Spacehopper on a global level or you can specify that you only want to see images from a particular continent.

Smarty Pins is a Google Maps game develop by Google. Smarty Pins presents players with a trivia question that they have to answer by placing a pin on a map. Players earn "miles" for correctly placing a pin on the map. Players can lose miles for answering incorrectly and or taking too long to answer. Games are available in five categories; arts & culture, science & geography, sports & games, entertainment, and history & current events.

Where is...? is another good game geography game. This game uses a popular format for geography games; the name of a city is presented to the players and they have to click the map to guess where the city is located. Players are given immediate feedback on their accuracy in the form of a measurement, in kilometers, of the distance between their guesses and the correct answers.

National Geographic offers a daily GeoBee quiz to help students practice for the National Geographic Bee. The quiz offers ten new questions every day. Students earn points based on accuracy and speed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Geographic Bee Registration

Thanks to one of my friends who teaches middle school, I was just reminded that registration is now open for National Geographic's National Geographic Bee. The annual competition is open to students in fourth through eighth grade in public, private, and homeschools in the United States.

National Geographic offers a daily GeoBee quiz to help students practice for the National Geographic Bee. The quiz offers ten new questions every day. Students earn points based on accuracy and speed. For more resources to help students learn geography, take a look at these tools for playing and creating geography games.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Good Resources for Geography Teachers

My Wonderful World is an excellent resource for geography teachers and geography students. My Wonderful World provides a host of great ideas, lesson plans, games, videos, and visual aids for teaching and learning geography. Some of the items on My Wonderful World that immediately stand out are great links to resources about geocaching and earthcaching activities, preparation materials for the National Geography Bee, and free classroom maps for teachers. My Wonderful World also has a Youtube channel where teachers will find educational geography videos.

Applications for Education
My Wonderful World has a list of the top ten reasons for teaching and learning geography. In each of the items on the list are links to great teaching and learning materials. One of the best items on the list is #6, "make it extracurricular." My Wonderful World suggests making geocaching or Earthcaching an extracurricular activity to get parents and community members involved in Geography education. This is a great idea because geocaching gets students outside while providing a hands-on learning experience.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

National Geographic Bee Winner is Aadith Moorthy

The 2010 National Geographic Bee championship was decided yesterday and 13 year old Aadith Moorthy from Florida is the winner. His final question: "The largest city in northern Haiti was renamed following Haiti's independence from France. What is the present-day name of this city?" Answer: Cap-Haïtien. Read more about the competition on National Geographic Daily News.

Watch the final moments of the competition in the video below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Ten Interactive Geography Games and Maps
12 Resources All Social Studies Teachers Should Try
Exploring Art Through Geography

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The National Geography Bee Winner is Eric Yang

This year's National Geographic Geography Bee winner is Eric Yang, congratulations Eric. According to The Official Google Blog, Eric is a seventh grade student in Texas who has already scored 2200 on the SAT. If your students weren't able to participate in the geography bee or didn't quite make it to the finals they may want to practice for next year by playing the GeoBee Challenge on the National Geographic website. Every day the GeoBee Challenge offers ten new questions so your students can come back and practice every day.

Watch some clips from the final round of the Geography Bee in the video below.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Find Country - Improve Your Geography Knowledge
A Fun Way to "Study" Geography
Stop Disasters - Disaster Simulation Game